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Kolena Thomas, Wedding Planner located in Washington, DC.

Kolena Thomas
Owner & Lead Wedding Planner


My background.

With over a decade of experience in wedding and event planning, I have personally executed a wide range of events in varying design aesthetics, logistical complexity, and price points. 


I believe that experience is everything.

I have spent the last ten years working in every facet of the events industry. With this knowledge, I decided to open up my own brand in 2019, focusing on weddings for couples who not only want a beautiful and logistically seamless day, but also an event built to their budget. I will personally walk you through the entire planning process from determining and allocating your budget to selecting a vendor team that will over deliver on expectations.


I am a graduate (2012) of James Madison University (JMU) with a Bachelor of Business Administration. While at JMU, I worked for the on-campus events department. It was this job that inspired my decision to pursue events management full time after graduation. 

On your wedding day.

On-site at events, I can best be described as calm, in charge, and working with grace under pressure. I will seamlessly orchestrate all of the moments that will become your most cherished memories while simultaneously fading into the background. 






I am an Upstate New York native (Binghamton to be exact) but have fallen in love with Virginia. I reside in Northern Virginia with my husband Carl and our black lab, Olive. 

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Wedding at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club.
Wedding at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club.
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It's all in the name

Fun Fact: Blue Sapphire Events was named after my custom engagement ring!

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